A Miso Phat Date

Most times Toni and I have opposite working schedules; he works on the weekends when I’m off, and I work on the weekdays when he has days off. Although we may live together, it often feels like we don’t see each other! With the craze of being involved in several weddings this year now over, we came to realized that we should have made more time to go out on dates. Last year we spent most of our weekends exploring and discovering new trails and waterfalls…we need to continue our adventurous outings! With that said, we agreed to make time each month to go out on little dates! This time around, we plan to try out new restaurants and food around Maui.

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Toni heard of Miso Phat Sushi last year through a friend, but we never took the time to check it out. Genki, which is like the “fast-food” option for sushi, is our go-to restaurant for sushi. With it being a new year, he decided it was time to try something new and we drove to Kihei for some Miso Phat Sushi.

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We arrived around 7 pm on a Friday and the wait was only 10 minutes! The restaurant is located next to Island Art Party in the Azeka Shopping Center along South Kihei Road. Parking was pretty easy to find.

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Guy from the Food Network was here! (see tag on the wall in the photo above)

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The first thing we ordered was a passionfruit hard cider called Rekorderlig (which I can’t pronounce). In short, it was amazing! It was light, refreshing, and pleasantly sweet. It tasted more like a soda than any cider I’ve tried. It was so addicting, I started wondering if they sold it in stores on Maui. Where can I get more?!

Decisions, decisions…

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We have been watching the TV show, Anthony Bordain: Part Unknown, on Netflix. In one of the Japan episodes, Bordain said that “uni” was his favorite and Toni was determined to try some. Uni is Japanese for the edible part of a sea urchin…more specifically the sea urchin’s gonads. So, yes…we ate the gonads of an urchin and it was quite delicious! (See photo above). The taste reminded us of the inside of a crab’s body (not the leg meat). The creaminess and texture were similar to a crab’s inside as well. This was our first time eating uni and we would definitely order more in the future.

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We also ordered the unagi roll (front) and Miso Phat roll (back). Both rolls were awesome. We are a fan of unagi (eel) as you can see in the photo above. I can’t say we were “wowed” by these choices, but they definitely made our tummies happy.

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Toni also ordered the Dynamite roll which is a California roll topped with scallops and mayo. The roll was baked and served warm, which we didn’t expect. It was good, but we definitely prefer the fresh rolls. The Dynamite roll was our least favorite of the evening, but we still ate it all!

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Plates were all clean at the end of our dinner.

Overall, it was a nice evening. Service was good and sushi was yummy. We probably will continue to go to Genki whenever we are craving sushi, but I can see us coming here again. It is much pricier than Genki. We usually spend about $30 at Genki and would leave satisfied…we spent over $70 at Miso Phat with the same satisfaction. Maybe we should have tried their TNT roll and lilikoi ice cream, which seem to be their standout dishes according to Food Network…Until next time!


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